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David Gillum

EHS
Assistant Vice President, EHS/CSO
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6412
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
College of Global Futures

Biography: 

David Gillum is the Assistant Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety at Arizona State University. As the Chief Safety Officer for ASU, Mr. Gillum has safety oversight responsibilities for nearly 3,000 laboratories, shops, studios and makerspaces that use biological agents, chemicals, radiological materials, lasers, x-rays and other hazardous materials. Mr. Gillum is the ASU Responsible Official for the Federal Select Agent and Toxin Program.

Mr. Gillum was the 2020 President of ABSA International. In 2019, Mr. Gillum was presented with a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Directors Community Leadership Award by Director Christopher Wray in Washington D.C. 

Mr. Gillum co-founded the Arizona Biosafety Alliance (AZBA), an ABSA-affiliate, and served as President, Past-President, and Treasurer of the organization. In 2015, Mr. Gillum established a partnership with ASU in Mexico and AMEXBIO to support biosafety collaborations within Mexico and other Central and South American countries. 

Mr. Gillum's service includes contributions as Associate Editor of Applied Biosafety and a past judge at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition. Mr. Gillum's academic interests include biosafety, biosecurity and the future of synthetic biology, gene editing, and gene drives, and how members of the public can have an active voice in the future of these technologies. Mr. Gillum has presented at dozens of conferences regarding emerging biotechnologies. Mr. Gillum has written scientific articles that have been published in Science, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Applied Biosafety, Issues in Science and Technology and Slate Magazine.

Mr. Gillum has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a master’s degree in Environmental Health Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Mr. Gillum has over 25 years of experience leading safety and compliance activities at several different academic, research, teaching and public service institutions.

Fax: 
480-965-6609
Publications: 

Gillum, David, Rebecca Moritz and Kathleen Vogel. “Reporting all biosafety errors could improve labs worldwide – and increase public trust in biological research.” The Conversation, 12 Oct. 2021, https://theconversation.com/reporting-all-biosafety-errors-could-improve...

Gillum, David, Rebecca Moritz, Megan J. Palmer and Sam Weiss Evans. “Why gain-of-function research matters.” The Conversation, 21 June 2021, https://theconversation.com/why-gain-of-function-research-matters-162493. 

Moritz, Rebecca L., and David R. Gillum. "Adaptation of Research Infrastructure to Meet the Priorities of Global Public Health." Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology 8 (2020), https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fbioe.2020.613253/full.

Fletcher, Jennifer, David Gillum, Rebecca Moritz, and Antony Schwartz. "Demographic and Salary Trends of the 2020 Biosafety Workforce." Applied Biosafety (2020), https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/apb.20.0066.

Evans, Sam Weiss, Jacob Beal, Kavita Berger, Diederik A. Bleijs, Alessia Cagnetti, Francesca Ceroni, Gerald L. Epstein et al. "Embrace experimentation in biosecurity governance." Science 368, no. 6487 (2020): 138-140, https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.aba2932.

Moritz, Rebecca L., Kavita M. Berger, Barbara R. Owen, and David R. Gillum. "Promoting biosecurity by professionalizing biosecurity." Science 367, no. 6480 (2020): 856-858, https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.aba0376.

Rouse, Eric J., Joshua Turse and David Gillum. “2018 Biosafety Month–Promoting a Culture of Biosafety and Responsibility.” Applied Biosafety 23.3 (2018): 120-121, https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1535676018793152.

Gillum, David, et al. “The 2017 Arizona Biosecurity Workshop: An Open Dialogue About Biosecurity.” Applied Biosafety 23.4 (2018): 233-241, https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1535676018781854.

Krishnan, Partha and David Gillum. “Gene Drive 101: A Basic Guidance Resource for Biosafety Professionals.” Applied Biosafety 22.4 (2017): 181-184, https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1535676017731318.

Chapman, Jennifer E., David Gillum and Samira Kiani. “Approaches to Reduce CRISPR Off-Target Effects for Safer Genome Editing.” Applied Biosafety 22.1 (2017): 7-13, https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1535676017694148.

Gillum, David, Partha Krishnan and Karen Byers. “A Searchable Laboratory-Acquired Infection Database.” Applied Biosafety 21.4 (2016): 203-207, https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1535676016683194.

Gillum, David, et al. “Are Biosafety Credentials Beneficial?” Applied Biosafety 21.4 (2016): 193-197, https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1535676016683155.

Gillum, David and Irene A. Mendoza. “Occupational Health and Personnel Suitability for Biological Research Programs.” Applied Biosafety 20.1 (2015): 41-54, https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/153567601502000105.

Gillum, David and Irene A. Mendoza. “Guest Editorial: What is a Publishable Article?” Applied Biosafety 19.3 (2014): 116-117, https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1177/153567601401900301.

Gillum, David, et al. “The Value of Biosafety Professionals.” Applied Biosafety 19.2 (2014): 87-97, https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1177/153567601401900204.

Gillum, David, Irene Alvarez Mendoza and Jennifer Marmo. “Salary Indicators for Biosafety Professionals.” Applied Biosafety 18.3 (2013): 106-115, https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/153567601301800302.

Presentations: 

Gillum, David. “Biosafety Guidance for Contained Gene Drive Research—A Biosafety Officer Perspective.” Presentation for the NIH Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee (NExTRAC) meeting; 9 Nov 2020. National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Policy; Virtual meeting.

Gillum, David. “Herramientas de Biología Sintética y su Manejo de Riesgos.” Keynote presentation for the 10° Simposio Internacional de Bioseguridad y Biocustodia; 6 June 2018. Fiesta Americana, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Gillum, David. “Introducción a la Biología Sintética.” 4-hour, preconference course for the 10° Simposio Internacional de Bioseguridad y Biocustodia; 6 June 2018. Fiesta Americana, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Gillum, David. “Synthetic Biology, Gene Editing and Gene Drive Technologies.” Arizona Biosafety Alliance; 3 Nov 2017. Arizona Department of Health Services, Phoenix, AZ. Keynote Presentation.

Gillum, David. “Biosafety of CRISPR and Gene Drives.” Front Range Biological Safety Association; 29 Sep 2017. University of Colorado, Boulder. Boulder, CO, USA.

Gillum, David. “Responsible Research and Innovation at Arizona State University.” Helmholtz Association; 20 Sep 2017. Berlin, Germany.

Oye, Ken and David Gillum. “New Stuff on Safety, Security and Environmental Implications of Next Gen Editing Tools and Applications.” Facilitating Safe Science, Practical Approaches for IBCs; 5 Jun 2017. St. Augustine, FL.

Gillum, David. “Biosecurity, Personnel Suitability and Select Agent Research.” Arizona Biosecurity Workshop: An Event Hosted by Arizona State University, the Arizona Biosafety Alliance and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation; 4 Nov 2016. ASU SkySong, Scottsdale, AZ.

Gillum, David, Irene Alvarez Mendoza. Giorgio Scarpellini and Cathie Mancini. “Synthetic Biology, Genome Editing Technologies and Gene Drives.” 59th Annual Conference of American Biological Safety Association International; 30 Sep 2016. Gaylord Texan, Grapevine, TX.

Gillum, David. “La Bioseguridad en la Era de la Biología Sintética.” Symposium of the Asociación Mexicana de Bioseguridad, A.C; 16 Jun 2016. Ciudad de México, CP, Mexico.

Gillum, David. “Genome Editing - What's Going On?” Harvard Yale IBC Symposium. Intersection of Science, Safety and Policy - Focus on Synthetic Biology and CRISPR/Cas9; 3 May 2016. Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Gillum, David. “Synthetic Biology: Biosafety & Biosecurity.” 58th Annual Conference of the American Biological Safety Association; 15 Oct 2015. Rhode Island Conference Center, Providence, RI.

Gillum, David. “Introduction to Synthetic Biology.” 58th Annual Conference of the American Biological Safety Association; 10 Oct 2015. Rhode Island Conference Center, Providence, RI.

Gillum, David. “Personnel Suitability and Occupational Health Programs.” August Lunch Break Series for Biosafety Professionals. Behavior-Based Improvement Solutions; 12 Aug 2015. Online Presentation.

Gillum, David. “Biología Sintética: Biocustodia y Bioseguridad.” 7th Simposio Internacional de Bioseguridad y Biocustodia. Annual Conference of the Asociación Mexicana de Bioseguridad, A.C.; 05 Jun 2015. Mexico Ministry of Health - Institute for Epidemiological Diagnosis and Reference (InDRE). Mexico City, Mexico.

Gillum, David. “A Survey of Tier 1 BSAT Personnel Suitability and Occupational Health Programs.” 57th Annual Conference of the American Biological Safety Association; 08 Oct 2014. Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA.

Igras, Leon, David Gillum and Daniel Klug. “Personnel Suitability Programs.” AAAS, AAU, APLU and FBI Conference: Bridging Science and Security for Biological Research; 21 Oct 2013. Washington, DC.

Gillum, David, Brad Manning and Suzanne Pisano. “Development of a Comprehensive Hazardous Materials Management Program.” CSHEMA Conference; 18 Jul 2011. Minneapolis, MN.

Honors / Awards: 

CSHEMA Innovation Award: This award honors the achievement of higher education institutions in the following areas of business and financial administration: process improvement and resource enhancement. The award was given for the ASU Compliance Officer Program. Compliance officers are university employees who voluntarily take EHS training classes, act as EHS liaisons and notify EHS of any unresolved compliance issues involving potential safety hazards, exposures, injuries or other issues. July 2018.

ABSA International Hashimoto Recognition Award: This award is given to individuals for their outstanding service in the disciplines of biosafety and biosecurity. October 2016.

CSHEMA Innovation Award: This award honors the achievement of higher education institutions in the following areas of business and financial administration: process improvement and resource enhancement. The award was given for the ASU Autoclave Training Video, which is a novel and comprehensive video designed to teach laboratory personnel how to properly use an autoclave.  June 2016.

CSHEMA Marketing and Communication Award: This award honors the achievement of higher education institutions in the areas of Marketing and Communication. The award was given for the ASU IceBox DeTox Challenge, which promotes having an accurate inventory of biological materials to prevent exposures to biological hazards and ensure safety of ASU personnel and the community. June 2016.

ABSA Outstanding Means of Communication Award: This award formally acknowledges high-impact and original (non-commercial) training materials for the safety profession. The award was given for the development of the University of New Hampshire’s Shipment of Biological Materials Manual. October 2003.

Professional Associations: 

American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) International

Arizona Biosafety Alliance (AZBA)

Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA)

International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition (iGEM)

Work History: 

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ - Environmental Health and Safety

Assistant Vice President, Responsible Official and Chief Safety Officer

November 2021 to present

 

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ - Environmental Health and Safety

Executive Director, Responsible Official and Chief Safety Officer

November 2019 to November 2021

 

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ - Environmental Health and Safety

Chief of Staff for Environmental Health and Safety; Director of Biosafety and Biosecurity; and Responsible Official

November 2017 to November 2019

 

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ - Environmental Health and Safety

EH&S Associate Director; Institutional Biosafety Officer; and Alternate Responsible Official

March 2011 to November 2017

 

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Instructional Faculty for Sustainability Science for Teachers (SCN 400)

August 2015 – December 2016

 

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH - Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety

July 2005 to February 2011

 

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH - Office of Environmental Health and Safety

Biological and Chemical Safety Officer

April 2002 to July 2005

 

Harvard University, Medical Campus, Boston, MA - Environmental Health and Safety

Assistant Safety Officer

March 2001 to April 2002

Board: 

2016-2018 Councilor, American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) International

2015-2016 Treasurer, Arizona Biosafety Alliance (AZBA)

2013-2014 President, Arizona Biosafety Alliance (AZBA)

Executive Education Courses: 

Leadership in the New American University Management Certification Course, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, 2012

Human Interaction Laboratory: Transforming Interpersonal Relationships, NTL Institute, San Jose, CA, 2008

Management at UNH Leadership Certification Course, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 2006